Merle A Agren

March 21, 1925March 3, 2013
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Merle A. Agren, 87, Centralia, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 3, 2013 in Centralia, Wash. On March 21, 1925, Merle was born to Isaac and Iva (Smith) Agren in Vader, Wash. Merle served our county during World War II in the Army Infantry, he then went on to marry the love of his life, Iris. Together Merle and Iris reared three children, son, Ken and daughters, Kathy and Robin, all of whom they loved dearly.

Playing cards was a passion of Merle’s, Cribbage and especially Backgammon with his son, Ken. When he wasn’t playing cards, you could find him outside in his garden or traveling. Some of Merle’s favorite destinations were Reno and the beach with his beautiful wife, Iris. Merle was a member of the American Legion and the Eagles, both of Chehalis. Above all, Merle adored any activity involving his family. He took great pride in his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his three great-great-grandchildren.

Merle was cared for by the wonderful staff at Colonial Residence in Centralia, beginning in February 2010. Most recently he was cared for at Best Quality Home Care of Centralia.

Merle was preceded in death by his parents, Isaac and Iva, brother, Loren and grandson, Nicholas. He is survived by his loving wife, Iris, son, Ken (Cindy) Agren of Darrington Wash., daughters, Kathy (Rick) Salle, Eugene Ore., and Robin (Rick) Williams of Chehalis, brother, Arvon Agren of Seattle, and grandchildren, Alan (Cherry) Salle, Scott (Robbie) Salle, Michael Williams, Kyle Williams, Bre Anne (Josh) Brown, Katie (Mike) Humphrey, Asa Williams and Arlo Agren, 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 9, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, March 8, 2013

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Robin Williams

March 21, 2013

Happy Birrhday Dad! I bet you get your favorite cake in Heaven! Glad you get to spend this birthday we all the loved ones you haven't seen for awhile. Love and miss you! I'm really happy though, because I know you are pain free and watching over us with love!

bob j

March 21, 2013

from your friends who knew you from cascade hardwood.... we miss you man.

Kathy Salle

March 18, 2013

March 14, 2013

Kathy, I'm so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

MeLeana (Mary Ellen Kure)

Rick Salle

March 9, 2013

I have so many good memories of dad. When I was 13 my dad died suddenly and dad (Merle) has filled that emptyness in my life almost from the first day I met him. My dad was very serious about life, Merle taught me to laugh when you did not feel like it. When Nicholas died he was there and helped with everything, and yes eventually we laughed and then cried. He was just always there with his wisdom and that smile and laugh that only dad had. Thanks for making life a lot more fun :-) See ya

Sharon Maher

March 9, 2013

Merle Agren was one of the nicest, kindest men I have ever met. I have such great memories of his family when they lived next door to me in Rio Dell, CA. I have wonderful memories of being lucky enough to visit them in Chehalis. I would have liked to have known him better and a lot longer. I will always have these memories of Merle and will always cherish them. God Bless and may he Rest in Peace.

Ken Agren

March 9, 2013

After reading the commentary from friends and family there is a common theme regarding my father. Kindness, patience, love, humor and unselfishness, to name a few. I would also like to stress how humble he was as he was gifted in many other ways. (His conservative, mostly low profile side may have prevented him from fame and glory.) Since his illness and passing it has become apparent that others who did not know him well felt these same things almost immediately. As i pass the staff and residents at assisted care they come forth with great enthusiasm to say how much he was liked and how much he is missed.
My sister had to go back 57 years to recall him angry. Her memory is better than mine. I had some thoughts about that recently and could not recall even one time he was angry to me. There was cause to be and I'm sure he must have been(I can guarantee that). By the time I encountered his "concern" it was in the form only a gentle angel could present. Truely a gift few people have or are lucky enough to receive. I have been inspired by his wisdom for a long time and very blessed. I can guarentee you others have been as well. The golden rule was/is alive and well in Merle Agren. Others have prospered as a result of his life.

Kathy Salle

March 8, 2013

God surely blessed me and my brother and sister with an amazing dad. He was always very attentive, involved, and patient with us. The only time he would get angry with us was if there was defiant disobedience. I remember One time when I was five or six I had commited that offense. I knew it meant a spanking might be coming, so I hid under the
bed; he had to drag me out, then I wiggled and squirmed so much that he ended up getting the giggles. He said to me "I can't spank you when I'm laughing" then hugged me, and told me never do that again!
I recall so many nights when I was struggling with math homework. He was a math wiz and loved it, so didn't quite understand why it made me crazy, yet he patiently explained , sometimes for the whole evening, until I got it, and more importantly, felt better about myself.
There are so many things I could say but not enough room.
I felt safe, loved, and accepted with dad. I have nothing but wonderful memories. Thanks Dad, I'll always love you. See you later!

Arvon Agren

March 8, 2013

Merle was a wonderful brother to me. He paid me a nickel to get on his bike and learn to ride. i should have been paying him. As a child, I would tease him until he would get mad at me and then I would kee telling him he was going to laugh until he finally gave in and laughed. He disliked his vegetables and when mom wasn't looking he would cut them up in little pieces to make it look like ha had eaten them. He and Iris were dedicated to their three children and they turned out to be great kids (i have to remember "adults.")
Theirs was a marriage made in Heaven. I will miss him Now that I am the Patriarch of the Agrens, I have tough shoes to fill. Arvon

BreAnne Brown

March 8, 2013

I'm so thankful to have had such a fun and loving man as my Grandpa.
My favorite memories of Grandpa are walking around his garden with him, helping him build bird houses, visiting Mt. Rainier & Mt. St Helens with him, playing card games together, listening to his stories and hearing his laughter and watching Seattle Mariners games together.
He was loyal and family centered, you always knew he was on your side. He was generous and patient. I remember once when I was young, accidentally pushing a wheelbarrow over some plants in his yard. I was scared he would be mad, but when I confessed I'd broken some of his plants he just knelt down and said, "I'd rather have a yard full of grandchildren than a yard full of flowers."
I love you Grandpa and you will be greatly missed!


Oh, and he also made the best pancakes! Whenever we came to visit he would always make a big pancake breakfast for my siblings and I and our cousins. We would eat them as fast as he could make them and he would be in the kitchen smiling and cooking, happy to be surrounded by his family.